Revisiting last fall with a repeat show: Putting the Garden to Bed
I have to admit that in most years, I’ve tended to let the garden tuck itself in. But this fall, I decided to help myself, as well as the garden, by taking care of some business now, and reduce the amount of things I have to do next spring when everything is screaming for attention. I’ve cleaned up the spent annuals and put their remnants on the compost pile. I’ve cut back perennials that do not have things to offer the birds (like seeds to eat), or me (seeds to collect, store and sow).
I’m not doing much to the mature trees in the garden, but on this week’s show, I talk about preventing damage to young trees through winter. As for shrubs, it is the broadleaf evergreens that I have to watch out for. I will spray some anti-desiccant on the Mahonia and Rhododendron. These products really work. I will have to reapply on a warm day in January.
Check out the show for the things you’ll want to do to put the garden to bed, including cleaning and oiling tools – trust me – you’ll be glad you did.
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